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Indian Aviation MRO Company Expects RFID to Reduce Labor by 50 Percent
The system, provided by Dolphin RFID, is enabling Aman Aviation & Aerospace Solutions to reduce the amount of time workers spend filling out paperwork and inputting information, as well as to ensure data accuracy.
Traditionally, the management of MRO tasks is performed with a manual, paper-based system. Each time an MRO provider receives a component, it creates a document that follows that item. That paperwork is then used to record which services are performed on that particular component, and a copy is stored onsite. "These records are retained for at least three years in hardcopy," Johri says. Aman Aviation also takes the storage of records a step further, he notes, by keeping copies of these documents indefinitely.
According to Johri, filling out the paperwork, routing it to the proper location after a component leaves the facility and storing it in fireproof containers carries a significant expense. Aman Aviation's MRO engineers and workers spend 20 percent of their time simply filling out and managing the documents.
If employees visited a client's site to conduct MRO services on helicopters, they had to bring paper and manually fill out details that could later be input into the back-end software. Not only was the process cumbersome, Johri reports, but it also allowed the potential for errors.
The solution that Aman Aviation & Aerospace Solutions has deployed consists of Dolphin RFID's Edge Wizard software residing on a local server, as well as tags on components and RFID readers to write and read data to and from those tags. Dolphin's RFID software can also reside on a cloud-based server to provide remote access to authorized parties, says Suresh Sawhney, Dolphin RFID's president and CEO.
Many components are already tagged by manufacturers. When Aman Aviation receives a component for MRO work, workers can enter that existing tag's ID number into the Edge Wizard software, by either reading or manually keying it. Once service to the part is completed, the new inspection data is written to the tag and stored in the software. If the part's RFID tag is missing or defective, the company attaches to that component another tag containing 2 to 8 kilobits of user memory, and encodes it with the necessary International Air Transport Association (IATA)-approved data. The new tag is dedicated to recording information regarding any repair, maintenance or inspection work that Aman Aviation & Aerospace Solutions then provides to that part.
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